Located in Pinellas County, Dunedin bears a strong Scottish heritage starting from its name to the annual Scottish Festival and Highland Games celebrated each spring.
Dunedin is well visited as a wonderful waterfront community to enjoy Florida’s sunshine in a slower pace. After all, the city was first developed as a retiree community but at present, the city is a destination for all ages. Located west of Tampa, lying along the Gulf Coast, Dunedin is a nice place for a pit stop, side trip or as a long weekend destination.
A great place to enjoy the outdoors, is along the multi-use Pinellas Trail. Stretching from St. Petersburg into Tarpon Springs, and constructed along an old railroad corridor, take a leisurely walk, run, roller skate, or bicycle through this lovely greenspace. Find paved parking at trail access points, and a variety of amenities including restrooms, lighted paths, water fountains, and telephones along the trail.
Dunedin takes pride as home to one of the best beaches in the world
Come see one of the most picturesque and best beaches in the world —Caladesi Island State Park. This attraction alone offers different activities for visitors to enjoy from swimming to fishing. On Florida's Gulf Coast, Caladesi Island is one of the state's most natural beaches with white sand. Take the three mile nature path through the island's interior and see wildlife. Or, if you'd rather not walk, paddle a kayak through the scenic bay and mangroves. There are also tables and shelters so bring along a picnic basket. The sites are tranquil and simply ahh-mazing!
Another great beach in the city is Honeymoon Island which offers great bird watching. Espy various shorebirds including Terns, Plovers, and Snowbills and see nesting birds such as Ospreys and Snowy Egrets and Great Blue Herons. You may also catch a glimpse of Armadillos scurrying along the nature trail and perhaps Gopher Turtles, While here, dine in the park's restaurant, bring a picnic lunch, or pick up a snack and souvenir at the concession stand. If traveling with the kiddos, visit one of the playgrounds, canoe, kayak, bike or simply rent beach chairs and umbrellas and sunbathe. Restrooms are also available to visitors.
For culture lovers, visit the Historical Society & Museum. The facility is located at 349 Main Street and houses a variety of local and state history. Here, see photographs, artifacts, electronic files of Dunedin Times Newspaper from 1924-65, and learn more about the state's citrus history. The museum also oversees Andrews Chapel, constructed in 1878 and listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings. Housed in Hammock Park on San Mateo Drive, the Chapel is used for private events and weddings. Open to the public, visit on Thursdays from 10 AM to 1PM or on Sundays 2-4 PM.
Dunedin restaurants offer something for everyone's palate
Looking for some unique food at a reasonable price? Try Cafe Alfresco at 344 Main Street which is also conveniently located on the Pinellas Trail. This charming European bistro and sidewalk cafe opened in 1995 and has been serving up yummy meals to locals and visitors for a long time. The brunch menu is served Fridays through the weekend and offers crab cakes benedict, made-to-order omelets, and poached egg florentine. Through the week, dine here for a nice lunch, happy hour with a full service bar, or enjoy a hearty dinner entree. They offer several Italian specialties including shrimp scampi pasta, chicken marsala, and spaghetti pomodoro. There's also classic steaks, seafood, gluten free, and vegetarian entrees on their extensive menu.
Looking to nosh on some bar food and have a chilled beer or two? Visit Florida's oldest microbrewery, Dunedin Brewery. Made in small quantities at 15 barrels per time, each hand-crafted brew is different from the next. Sold through local craft beer distributors, kegs can be found in other area restaurants. For just $5 bucks, take a tour at 5PM on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday and get a few samples along with a logo'd keepsake glass. There's often live entertainment on site and there's plenty of tasty appetizers, tacos, along with wraps and sandwiches to satisfy your tastebuds.
Or, visit the Clear Sky Draught House on Main Street. Choose from a breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night menu for quick bites and meals. Select from over 35 beers on tap, 30+ varieties of bottled beer, wine and a full service liquor bar as well. Call ahead to get your name of the seating list. Other notable eateries and restaurants in the area include Casa Tina's (Southwest, Mexican and Latin), Bon Appetit (American fare and seafood . . . plus experience a great sunset from this location) or try the Dunedin Smokehouse for finger-lickin' juicy BBQ.
Hotels in Dunedin are on the average, mid-range; yet guests can be assured that they have their needs covered from free Wi-Fi, breakfast, parking, and even meeting rooms. The good thing about the town, is that inexpensive lodging in Dunedin offers nice places to stay.
Stay at one of the top hotels in Dunedin
Palm Court Motel
Guests whose top priority in visiting Dunedin is Honeymoon Island and Caladesi Island State Park, opt for Palm Court Motel. Offering basic amenities yet one of the top rated Dunedin Florida hotels, this property shows that you can enjoy and have a best stay without spending much. As the closest property to the city’s best beaches, Palm Court Motel is equally kid-friendly with large and clean rooms.
This property also provides beach items like chairs, umbrellas, towels, and even coolers. They also have an outdoor pool with a BBQ area for guests to relax and lounge. Room have Wi-Fi while selected accommodations have kitchenettes.
Holiday Inn Express Clearwater North/Dunedin
Another property close to Caladesi Island State Park is Holiday Inn Express Clearwater North/Dunedin. Situated between two cities, guests can conveniently travel to attractions like Clearwater Marine Aquarium or Splash Harbour Water Park at Indian Rocks Beach. This hotel is also located along Pinellas Trail.
Straightforward accommodations with desk, TV, coffeemakers, Wi-Fi, and mini fridges are fitted in each rooms. Traveling with kids? Reserve with a kid’s room painted in lively colors with bunk beds for the little travelers. Suites have upgraded in-room amenities like separate living rooms and pullout beds. This Holiday Inn offers free breakfast, laundry service, outdoor pool and free parking.
Best Western Plus Yacht Harbor Inn
For hotels in Dunedin with great views, pick Best Western Plus Yacht Harbor Inn. Pick rooms with water views and enjoy the view of the Dunedin Channel from the inside or a more unobstructed vision from the private balconies. Each guest room has modern entertainment facilities along with mini fridges, microwaves, and Wi-Fi. Suites have tubs, pullout sofas, and separate living room.
Guests who love to dine will enjoy their stay at Best Western Plus Yacht Harbor Inn with 3 dining options available – American eatery, bar/lounge, and a waterfront restaurant. In-house amenities and facilities are bike rentals, outdoor pool with hot tub, fitness center, free parking, and business center. Facilities for yachting, fishing, and boating are available on-site.
Beso del Sol Resort
Beso del Sol Resort keeps the laid back and peaceful ambiance of their property for guests who want to truly relax while in Dunedin. The property overlooks Saint Joseph Sound offering an all-suite accommodation – studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and Bella-vista suite. All suites enjoy water and garden views with fully equipped dark wood kitchenettes. The most premium accommodation, Bella-vista suite, is a 3-bedroom penthouse suite- has gas fireplace in its master’s bedroom.
A favorite wedding destination, Beso del Sol Resort has two waterfront swimming pools with one all-year round heated pool, a tiki bar and grill, a heated Jacuzzi spa, fishing pier, boat dockage ( charges apply), parking, free bike use, lending library, computer kiosk, and laundry facilities. Families love to visit this resort on weekends with their free ice cream while crafts and activities are offered during summertime.
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